The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday cleared the way for the Boeing 737 MAX to take to the skies again — 20 months after the troubled jet was grounded in the wake of two crashes that claimed 346 lives.
Though the aircraft got the green light from the FAA, it will not be carrying passengers right away because the agency said it must approve 737 MAX pilot training program revisions for each US airline that uses the plane, AFP reported.
In addition, regulators in other countries also want to recertify the aircraft.
The FAA said in a statement that before any of the planes can be flown with passengers again, required changes to the plane must be installed — and the agency must inspect the individual jets, CNN reported.
That process is expected to take between a few weeks and a few months, it added.
The 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019 after the crash of Ethiopian Airlines